Hey Flat Lander,ive just come across your post and was wondering how does the bike ride with a 90mm stem,is it to twitchy or ok.
Im just starting to buld up a size small Reissue Zaskar.I cant make my mind up on the stem length,for xc use only.Im guessing around a 100/110mm Thomson with a flat bar but cant afford to keep on swapping stems so ive got to get it right.
Hi Player, sorry for the delay replying, I'm just back from a couple of weeks in Kazakhstan.
90mm is ok. It not too twitchy, but if I was able to find a good priced 100mm or 110mm I think the slightly longer reach and easier steering would be marginally more relaxed. This is partly because a lot my riding is on cycle paths in Holland and its therefore at a higher average speed than you would normally expect to do on a mountain bike. I did get to do some proper trails and tracks through woods in the National part near Arnhem a few weeks ago and the steering felt great. So like with many things it depends on where and what kind of riding you do. So to help you as best I can, I would go for 100mm. Its a good compromise length, but ultimately the choice is yours.
Have you figured out the integrated headset yet? This cost me a bit money getting the wrong one from Hope. Hope dont make a cane creek compatible integrated. You need an IS-3 integrated from Cane Creek or compatible from a limit no. of suppliers.
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